Here are a couple of really good moments from my week:
Singing the closing hymn “God Be with You Till We Meet Again” with everyone at the end of Pres and Sis. Rasmussen’s last talk/meeting here in Morioka. They go home in just a few days. That was such a good mission-y moment. Just looking up at this President and Sister Rasmussen who have loved me so much and who I love so much and singing the hymn. Then later, standing outside and waving goodbye as they left. Pres. Rasmussen rolled his window down and said, “Hoorah for Israel!”
On Saturday I walked into the chapel before the Saturday sessions of the Morioka District Conference. Sister Rasmussen was standing in there and next to her was a lady I’d never seen before. They were talking but as soon as I walked in I went over and greeted them. The lady standing next to Rasmussen Shimai is a member in a different area, but was there for the District Conference. She is from Indonesia!
I didn’t know any of that though, ‘cause I’d never met or seen here before. But it was so funny and amazing meeting her though. She was a complete stranger, but the second we met…literally the second we met, she made me feel like we were dear friends being reunited after a long time! It’s hard to explain it! But she was so excited and loved me so much right from the get-go! It was so sweet to feel that much love from my Indonesian sister, who I’d never met before!
We took a picture together, so I’ll send that to you! The cool thing is it wasn’t even weird. It didn’t matter to her that I was a stranger, that I was a lot younger than her, that I am from a different country…none of that mattered! It’s always good to love people, no matter what.
Something that I like thinking about and that I want to do is this: Treat everyone like it’s their birthday! Make ‘em feel like a million bucks and tell them how much they are loved!
I want to be really kinder to everyone! I want to be able to show love more freely. Being kind and real love is the most powerful thing in the world- and it’s the only thing that really matters. Everyone needs to be loved and feel more mercy.
This morning I read in Moroni 7 about charity. In verse 45 it talks about how charity is being kind, not envying, not being prideful- which I love that description and when I think of charity that’s usually the kind of things I associate with charity. But later in the verse, something new stood out to me- “Charity…believeth all things…” I’ve never really thought of being believing as having charity! But isn’t that cool? It makes sense though.
When we really, really believe in Christ,
· believe we are loved,
· believe in goodness,
· believe that life is beautiful,
· believe we can love others- even if we are different ages, from different countries, speaking different languages.
when we cultivate believing,
· we can love Christ because we believe Him,
· we can receive being loved because we believe we’re worth it,
· we can love the goodness in the world and in people because we believe in it,
· we can love this beautiful life, and we can love others!
When we believe all things, we can have charity!
I love you Mama! I will try and be kind and love! Thank you for always loving me!
You are Loved.
Love Courtney Elise